JIS News

Jamaican national, Dorothy Gallimore has received two wheelchairs from members of the Jamaica Ex-Constabulary Association, South Florida chapter.
The presentation was made recently by Malachi Smith, President of the 10 year-old Association, which comprises former officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Miss Gallimore, who sells novelty items on the streets of Lauderdale Lakes, is disabled as a result of rheumatoid arthritis.
She expressed appreciation for the wheelchairs (motorized and manual-driven), and pointed out that they would help her to earn her daily living and allow her to continue her independent lifestyle.
A resident of the USA since the early 1980s, Miss Gallimore first lived in New York City. Like several other Caribbean nationals, she then relocated to the warmer climatic conditions in the South.
Although wheelchair bound, she keeps herself busy, peddling novelty and personal items along the shopping centres of Lauderdale Lakes, a Broward county suburb.
With a hand for gardening, Miss Gallimore also cultivates agricultural crops at home, including cucumbers, peppers, yam, peas and bananas.
She also spends time collecting and packaging clothing for inmates of the Spanish Town Infirmary in Jamaica.
For the last three years, she has volunteered with feeding programmes in Broward county churches and homes for the poor and elderly. The Jamaica Ex-Constabulary Association comprises 45 former members of the JCF “and is steadily growing”, President Smith told JIS News.
As part of their mission, the association members, through fund-raising ventures, have continued to support their counterparts in the Jamaica Police Force. Assistance has been provided for families of police officers killed in the line of duty.
The South Florida chapter was founded by a former officer, George Findlay, now a resident in that community.
The Association is also engaged in ongoing efforts to provide scholarships to members of police youth clubs throughout communities in Jamaica. This gesture is to allow the young men to continue their education at tertiary institutions and also to fund constructive activities for the young persons in the various communities.
Other chapters are currently based in New York and Connecticut.

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